Jason Bourne is a Nice Guy

8 May

So the Bourne Conspiracy demo is out, and I’m a bit surprised:

A) While the ‘cinematic’ feel is punishing, it still works.

B) Isn’t Jason Bourne a bit of a psychopath? He seems like a really nice guy here.

Conspiracy seems like it’s going to be the best arcade game this year that isn’t an arcade game — by that I mean you’ll be dying a lot, trying to guess which button to press in a flash, and trying to beat bosses that could beat the shit out of an elephant. But you won’t be losing quarters, only a few seconds for a load time, so it’s not that bad…right? But just like an arcade game, I guarantee most people (including myself) will keep trying at it and stick with it, because well, it is quite fun and polished.

But lets back up — what’s with Bourne? And I don’t mean Matt Damon, I mean Robert Ludlum’s Jason Bourne. In one scene during the first demo mission Bourne grabs a soldier’s gun, removes the clip and throws the gun aside. Granted it might have been a design choice to leave guns out of the level, but from what I’ve read I believe Jason Bourne would have shot the guy right in the head. He incapacitates people in the demo instead of killing them — Jason Bourne is more likely to slowly break all the fingers in your hands and then throw you off a bridge than give you a nice bop on the head.

It’s interesting to see a story with such a dark theme turn into a fairly bright game, and honestly while I think it will be fun, I think eschewing harsher violence means avoiding any and all seriousness.

Even with all the flak they get, games like GTA IV sure make me think more about killing a man than a game like Conspiracy does — ironic since both games feature hitmen/assassins as main characters. When I’m killing someone for a drug dealer and he pleads for his life, I shoot him, he goes down on one knee and I execute him, I feel like a scumbag. When I’m killing masked ‘bad guy terrorists’ it says nothing. I mean, that’s fine; it’s clear High Moon doesn’t want death to say anything in their game and there is nothing wrong with that, it’s still a fun game. It’s just strange that the considerably more violent and seedy game teaches a better life lesson than the safer game.

— Nick


3 Responses to “Jason Bourne is a Nice Guy”

  1. Don May 8, 2008 at 10:45 pm #

    “and trying to beat bosses that could beat the shit out of an elephant.”

    -easily the funniest thing I’ve read in a month.

  2. Uzair June 19, 2008 at 3:23 am #

    I have played it too. First, the character didn’t even looked like Jason Bourne, or even close to him. The Bose were so hard to beat. In first mission, i punched all of other guards without letting them even punch me. But when i met the Bose, he punched me 5 times in a row. Jason was bleeding to death! I only got to fight with one Bose, i didn’t like the game. The second mission was too hard to play. Third mission was great where you get to drive and be like hero. However, it’s too short and there’s no shooting.

  3. Jimbo Jones August 26, 2008 at 8:55 am #

    Has anyone else noticed the Translink logo and tranlink skytrain signs/and machines used in the tram mission in this game? Too funny… I thought High Moon (the makers) was located in San Diego, unless some of the game was made here in Vancouver….. anyone elses thoughts?

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